Staff Policy D-101.01
Institutional Effectiveness Criterion: Scholarship

General Education Outcomes

General Education at Northwestern Michigan College promotes the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to function effectively in a changing world. General Education fosters intellectual curiosity, essential to lifelong learning.

To ensure students experience the benefits of our philosophy of general education, the faculty of Northwestern Michigan College commits to instilling these practices throughout the curriculum.

  1. Communication
    Students will practice effective communication with an awareness of audience and a sense of purpose.
  2. Critical Thinking
    Students will skillfully conceptualize, apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information gathered from observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication.
  3. Quantitative Reasoning
    Students will accurately use numbers, symbols, measurements, properties, and the relationships of quantities to make sound decisions, judgments, and/or predictions.
  4. Social Responsibility
    Students will cultivate greater understanding of social complexity and cultural diversity to prepare them to contribute to social justice and/or environmental sustainability in regional, national, or global communities. 

If any provision(s) of this policy or set of bylaws conflicts with laws applicable to Northwestern Michigan College, including the Community College Act of 1966, the Freedom of Information Act, or the Open Meetings Act, as each may be amended from time to time, such laws shall control and supersede such provision(s).

Initially adopted as D-301.01 December 5, 1996
Revised April 27, 1999
Revised June 20, 2001
Revised June 15, 2004
Revised and renumbered D-101.01 December 20, 2006
Revised October 9, 2008
Revised May 7, 2010
Revised May 23, 2012
Reviewed without revision August 28, 2014
Reviewed without revision December 16, 2016
Reviewed without revision January 19, 2019
Reviewed without revision June 18, 2021
Revised November 28, 2023